The Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety will hold a buckle up phone down (BUPD) event in Shelbina from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in the American Legion parking lot near Hawkins Theater.

The Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety will hold a buckle up phone down (BUPD) event in Shelbina from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in the American Legion parking lot near Hawkins Theater.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be there with the seat belt convincer ride, along with a crashed car on display as representation of the 32 fatalities on northeast Missouri roads. The Shelbina Police Department will be distributing candy and BUPD clings to those who drive in to the event, and those attending will be able to sign a pledge to take the BUPD Challenge, in addition to getting their picture taken with the BUPD sign. At 8:30 a.m., several mayors from northeast Missouri will issue a challenge to their colleagues and communities to take the Buckle Up/Phone Down pledge during a press conference.

At 9 a.m., a Planning for the Future meeting will be held in Hawkins Theater. More than 100 transportation advocates are expected to attend the session, which outlines the transportation planning process. The audience will hear from Missouri Highways and Transportation Commissioner John Briscoe, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Director Patrick McKenna and representatives from each of the three regional planning commissions who represent northeast Missouri.

Both events are open to the media and the general public.